(CNN)Russian authorities must release the 24 Ukrainian sailors who were captured last year after entering the Kerch Strait, a United Nations maritime tribunal has ruled. The sailors and their three vessels were taken by the Russian navy last November. The incident marked a major escalation in tensions between the two former Soviet Republics. Ukraine said two of its small gunboats and one tugboat were attacked after entering the Kerch Strait en route to the city of Mariupol. Russia said the Ukrainian ships illegally entered Russia's territorial waters, carrying out dangerous maneuvers. The UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea said Russia must release the sailors immediately and urged both nations to not escalate the conflict. "The actions taken by the Russian Federation could irreparably prejudice the rights claimed by Ukraine to the immunity of its naval vessels and their servicemen," said Jin-Hyun Paik, the tribunal's president. Read More Ukraine says Russia … [Read more...] about UN tribunal rules Russia must release detained Ukrainian sailors
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BERLIN (AP) — A U.N. maritime tribunal ruled Saturday that Russia must immediately release three Ukrainian naval vessels captured by Russia in November and also free the 24 sailors it detained. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea issued its order at its Hamburg headquarters following a hearing earlier this month. Russia stayed away from both the hearing and Saturday's session. The confrontation in the Kerch Strait, which links the Sea of Azov with the Black Sea, marked a flashpoint in the simmering conflict over Russia's 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. Russia seized Crimea in a move that Ukraine and most of the world view as illegal but which gives Russia a much bigger shoreline along the Black Sea. The Kerch Strait separates Crimea from mainland Russia. Russia, which did submit a memorandum to the tribunal, had argued that the rights Ukraine claims in the case don't apply because they are covered by an exception for military activity. Kiev's lawyers … [Read more...] about UN court: Russia must free 3 detained Ukraine ships, sailors
THE Crimea peninsula was annexed from Ukraine by Russia in February-March 2014. The annexation was accompanied by a military intervention by Russia that took place in the wake of the 2014 Ukranian revolution. What does annexing mean? To annex means to attach, append or add usually to something larger. The term is used to describe attaching, joining or uniting in a physical sense.In this case it is the addition of an area to a country. Therefore the region of Crimea became part of Russia. Why did Russia annex Crimea? The conflict in 2014 was the worst crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War which escalated after Ukraine’s pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych was driven from power after violent protests.Forces backed by Moscow, seized control of the Crimea, which has a Russian-speaking majority, and the people voted to join Russia in a referendum which was deemed illegal by Ukraine and the West. The region has been hotly-contested for centuries with Russia annexing … [Read more...] about Why did Russia annex Crimea and what happened on the Kerch strait?
Copenhagen has sided with Ukraine after Russia attacked and captured Ukrainian sailors in the Azov Sea and made clear the EU needs to toughen up against Moscow. Denmark’s foreign minister called on Tuesday for European Union-wide sanctions on Russia over the stand-off in the Azov Sea. Foreign minister Anders Samuelsen has announced he will meet with his Ukrainian counterpart, Pavlo Klimkin, on Tuesday and Wednesday and will later visit the city of Mariupol by the sea where the crisis sparked. Related articles Former MI6 head claims Russia has 'violence' IMPRINTED in its DNA World War 3: Russia sets up NUCLEAR MISSILES near Ukraine border Mr Samuelson said in a statement: "I believe the EU needs to react to Russia's aggressive behaviour.” France and Germany opposed issuing new sanctions against Russia in December, asking for more time to negotiate the release of the 24 Ukrainian sailors Russia had captured in November. But as Denmark joins the chorus of … [Read more...] about Denmark calls on EU to act against Putin: Copenhagen FURY at Russia ‘aggressive behaviour’
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Nov. 28, 2018, 3:33 PM GMT / Updated Nov. 28, 2018, 4:06 PM GMT By Russia's weekend maritime clash with Ukraine illustrated the vast military imbalance between the neighbors. No fewer than 11 Russian vessels surrounded Ukraine's two light military ships and one tugboat, ramming them before eventually opening fire on Sunday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told NBC News. Poroshenko insists his country is under "extremely serious" threat of a land invasion, and that's why he had to declare martial law for 30 days in regions adjacent to Russia. The gulf in military might was further driven home when Russia announced Wednesday it would deploy another of its S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Crimea, the peninsula it annexed from Ukraine in 2014. The S-400 can track 300 targets simultaneously including aircraft, drones and … [Read more...] about Russia follows up sea clash by deploying anti-aircraft missiles